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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop AleAlexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale
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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop AleAlexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wordemupg on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps not as flavourful as the Cascade, this effort did do some justice with its hop. Taste comes through, decent drinkability, with above average carbonation. Foamy head. Slightly hoppy aroma. Serviceable beer considering it is from a macro brewery. Bought at the LCBO.

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Photo of spycow
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, procured from the singles bin of the local chain liquor store. 'Bout right, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear, bright copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few random splatters of sudsy lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of grainy, almost biscuity malt, a bit of over-steeped green tea, and mildly spicy, herbal hops. That's right, I said it - hops! On the nose! Moving on, the taste is more cereal-like grainy pale malt, a very mild, indistinct citrus juiciness, incongruously strong herbal tea, and a weak, lagging earthy spiciness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, but for - wait for it - slightly zingy noble hops. It finishes off-dry, the malt sinking into its breadiness, and the hops holding their newborn ground.

Well colour me a little impressed - an ale from this so-called storied brewer that actually tastes like one, and somewhat hoppy to boot! My only quibble is in its classification - this has much more to liken it to an understated English pale ale, than to the upfront, assertive American version. Which is no big deal - I'd drink this again, when I wanted something simple, but not too simple, y'know?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry floral hops is more subtle then I had expected. Taste is also dominated by subtle notes of dry floral hops with a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Malt base is too sweet and hops profile lacks in character.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of nickfl
2.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473ml can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, metallic, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some light grapefruit and some metallic/rusty/lemony notes. It ends with a malty somewhat tart aftertaste.

Overall – The cascade version was better.. but that's not saying much. I can at least appreciate the attempt at making a proper IPA, but this is something I'd never buy again. Especially with some many world class IPA's out there.

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Photo of biegaman
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer may be part of Alexander Keith's Hop Series, but it has an appearance that showcases malt; the caramel-coloured body has a hard copper complexion and plenty of golden highlighting. Its clarity is in inverse proportion to its head retention - 100% for the former, 0% for the latter. Not even swirling can generate any foam.

I'm happy to finally see a large commercial brewery actively encourage consumers to pour the beer into a glass. Only problem is that their suggested serving temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is way too cold to properly appreciate any beer's aroma. Whatever. You're not missing much anyway. It's more toffee-sweet than anything; the hoppiness, curiously, is downplayed.

That being said, there are floral and mildly herbal elements afoot. They are more pronounced on the palate though there, too, the sweeter, slightly caramelly malt holds more sway. A lingering toastiness crowds out most of the delicate minty and lemony notes. No doubt this is hoppier than Keith's so-called "IPA" but, let's be real, that's not saying much.

Hallertauer hops are typically used in German lagers and, indeed, this crisp, natural-tasting maltiness and unembellished hop profile resembles something like, say, a Vienna lager more than it does a pale ale or IPA (which, in fairness, this doesn't claim to be). As a simple quaffing ale I don't mind this at all - it's infinitely better than anything else in Keith's usual portfolio.

Hallertauer isn't the sexiest hop out there; I think even if Alexander Keith's brewed this ale with all the Hallertauer hops this side of Bavaria anyone who's not a lifetime drinker of mainstream lagers would likely still not find it hoppy enough (relative to a recipe that overloads on C-hops for example). Shortcomings aside, this is a huge leap in the right direction.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 28/3/13

A clear light copper with decent carbonation but just a short lived film for head and no lace

S much to my surprise there's some hop character with a little orange peel, bready malt, dry cereal and herbal tea bag, not great but way better then expected

T what I smell but more citric rind, a little hay I didn't smell, not a whole lot going on but I'm just amazed that its a respectable brew from Keith's

M lighter side of medium bodied, not quite creamy but not foam or flat either, a little lemon rind on the finish and just a little grit left behind

O its a basic beer but from a macro producer I'm quite impressed, almost baffled really. There's some hops and I can actually taste and smell them, not what I expect from Keith's

I'm not saying that this brews going to change your life by any means but it might change your opinion of macros. I was expecting a drain pour but its a respectable brew at the end of the day, that being said I'd never buy it but I happily drank this bottle.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Two finger soapy white head, good carbonation, slightly dark golden body. Bright. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Spicy, herbal, noble hop. Orange.

T - Mildly spicy, more herbal and noble. A little grassy. Honey, pale malts.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, herbal hop finish.

O/D - Gotta admit, for a Keith's product, this is good. It's well put together and showcases the hop nicely. I like this more than the Cascade version they did as it seems to have more of the hop flavour and more body. I'd drink a few of these.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper colour, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is mild with soapy hop presence, bready malt, hits of peppery spice and rye and a grassy hop note on the finish.

T - A leafy green hop note surprisingly dominates, soapy caramel, buttery bread, hints of grassy notes and a bitter citrus rind lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A surprisingly drinkable brew that has just enough hop presence to satisfy your craving. This is easily sessioned with a flavour profile that doesn't overload the palette, and is a pleasant addition to the local macro selection. I would have no problem drinking this brew again, especially if I'm looking for an easy drinking, economical, macro option. A step in the right direction for sure, but not to be misconstrued... It still doesn't quite match similar micro alternatives, but it's a decent effort nonetheless.

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Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kmat10
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of patre_tim
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Orange copper, very little carbonation 4 fingers of beige head, clear filtered.

S: Malty, skunk, spicy, black pepper, slight candied orange.

T: Malt, orange candy, lemon balm, clean linen, light bitterness, slight black pepper.

M: Slightly bready body, low carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer. This Bavarian hop is quite light compared to a lot of American ones. It has some pilsner qualities, but the orange I am not sure where its coming from. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of peensteen
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Flounder57
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Herbal, spicy, toasty toasted malts, and some pale malts.

Taste: Noble tea like hops, toasted malts, and pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, light bodied, medium carbonation, and mild hop bitterness.

Overall: A nice mildly hopped pale from Nova Scotia.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tallboy can from the LCBO; served well chilled and poured into a mug. I tried the Cascade hop version last week and found it fairly enjoyable for a Keith's product - let's hope this one is at least equally well-made.

Pours a lovely amber-orange colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of puffy, foamy, sparkling white head. Retention isn't great; the head is mostly gone after a few minutes have passed, and there isn't much lacing to speak of. A thin film at the surface and a narrow, foamy collar are the only remnants. The aroma is pleasant and clean, though a little subdued - floral, herbal hop notes come through loud and clear, with some supporting lemon citrus, caramel and biscuity malt sweetness. I'm actually a little impressed. It's like my world is crashing down around me!

It's true - this is actually a surprisingly well-made beer. Grainy pale malts, biscuits and honey sweetness form the malt backbone, with notes of herbal, leafy hops and lemon zest rounding out the profile. Finishes with a (very) slight peppery spiciness, and some light leafy dryness lingering into the aftertaste. Fairly light-bodied, but not as thin and watery as most of the stuff in the Keith's portfolio. The carbonation is a little high for my liking, but plays a large role in the crisp, refreshing nature of this brew. Very quaffable; a brew perfectly suited for a few pints at the bar.

Final Grade: 3.51, a surprisingly respectable B grade. There can be no debate - Hallertauer Hop Ale is easily the best Keith's beer I've ever had, beating out both the Cascade Hop Ale and Ambrosia Blonde (both decent, if unremarkable beers). I'm not going to run out to the store clamoring for more, but in a blindfolded taste test I might easily mistake this for an OCB pale ale - it's nicely balanced, with enough of a hop presence to satisfy hop heads, while avoiding intense bitterness that may turn off the uninitiated. One of the few Labatt products I'd be willing to spend money on more than once - good work, guys.

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

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